Fox has received a deluge of negative press for a weekend interview with scholar Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
Fox anchor Lauren Green repeatedly asked Aslan why a Muslim like him would be interested in writing about Jesus's life. Aslan responded that he is a historian of religion who writes about all faiths: "Well, to be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim." When Green revisited Aslan's Muslim faith later, he points out that his wife and mother are Christian, and explained that in any case his book differs from the Muslim view of Jesus.
At the end of the segment Green claimed that Aslan has "been on several programs and never disclosed that you're a Muslim." He told her that no, he states his Muslim faith in "every single interview" and mentions it on page 2 of his book.
The interview has sparked ridicule as well as outrage. Buzzfeed's Andrew Kackzynski asks, "Is This The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Ever Done?" Slate's Daniel Politi suggests it's "the single most cringe-worthy, embarrassing interview broadcast on Fox News. At least in recent memory."
Even the conservative Blaze highlighted the interview's "5 Most Awkward Moments."
On Twitter the hashtag #foxnewslitcrit became a trend:
"Ms Rowling, how can you, as a mudblood, write about Wizards?" #foxnewslitcrit- Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) July 28, 2013